There Is a Light...


Master Studio: Construction | Material | Technology


Michelle Howard

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

As in last semester we will to look at one material very closely under the lens of specific characteristics using that framework to create a building project. This semester we will examine Glass through the twin lenses of its ability to transmit light and to be moulded. With this emphasis we will create a project for a place of healing and rehabilitation which will be situated on the grounds of the Steinhof at Baumgartner Höhe in Vienna.

The ability of Glass, through its transparency, to transmit light and thus illuminate interior space has all too often been overlooked in favour of its ability to establish a visual connection with the exterior. We will return to the interests of the “Gläserne Kette”, an epistolary association formed by Paul Scheerbart in 1919, which hoped for a new architecture based on the healthful qualities and honesty of glass. Bruno Taut’s Glass Pavilion for the 1914 Werkbund Exhibition at Cologne was an earlier attempt to realize such an architecture. Glass was coloured and moulded, curved and pressed and the resultant interior spaces were moulded by light of many colours, patterns and textures.

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There Is a Light...


Master Studio: Construction | Material | Technology


Michelle Howard

In this vein we too will iterate the role of glass as a material which is curved, pressed, blown and even rolled together with other materials rather than just a flat plane to see throughThe hitherto little exploited usefulness of glass as the perfect material for the health sector, being easy to clean and to disinfect and having an enormous resistance to corrosive substances will also be handled.

The place of healing will have different types of spaces for which we will attempt to sculpt light accordingly: The Patient's room where he or she is more or less lying down and watching the changing light as it moves through the room; The ambulatory where the patient could use their movement through different types of light as therapy as well as simply moving from A to B. or the treatment rooms where other senses could be activated such as touch.

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There Is a Light...


Master Studio: Construction | Material | Technology


Michelle Howard

The students will define the illness of the patients they are planning for and the positioning of their project within the confines of the Steinhof. The assumption is that the patient cannot leave the confines of the building - perhaps because of an immune disease so that all of the healing must take place inside. The spaces and lighting conditions imagined by the students should be represented in large scale models where they can experienced.